Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.”…Then he set out to follow Elijah and become his servant.
1 Kings 19:20-21b
Okay, Elisha served Elijah…what’s the big deal? The big deal is that Elisha came from a wealthy family and had a nice future all set out in front of him, yet he humbled himself and served Elijah.
But while he was content to follow Elijah, he burned with a wise ambition to serve God to the utmost. Instead of saying, “Oh, if I could just be half the man Elijah is,” in 2 Kings 2:9 he asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit – and his prayer was apparently answered, as he later performed double the number of miracles Elijah did. His final miracle occurred after his death, when a man’s corpse was thrown into his tomb. As the decaying body touched Elisha’s bones, the man was resurrected (2 Kings 13:21). Read it yourself! There’s power in servanthood!
Elisha walked with Elijah, honored him, and learned from him as he served him. We’re all called to a life of service. Our first tutor in serving others is, as it was with Elisha, the family. Next comes discerning God’s call. God’s preparing you for something – don’t be afraid to serve an apprenticeship along the way.
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